NJ Health Officials Concerned about a Twin-Demic as Flu Season Nears

Sep 15, 2020

NJ Health officials are warning of a twin-ddmic and that people should get vaccinated for the flu
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The state of New Jersey is preparing for Flu season.

Health officials say they are aiming for a 20 percent increase in the number of people vaccinated. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli says they are worried COVID-19 coupled with the Flu will be a major problem in the state.

"This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic, a severe flu season and a resurgance of COVID-19 which could strain healthcare resources."

Perischilli says they are asking people to obtain a Flu shot as soon as possible to prevent the spread of that virus.

"This year more than ever it's important six months of age and old get vaccinated against the flu."

Only about half the state's population receive flu shots, and the state is hoping to increase that to 70 percent this year. The vaccination is available everywhere from state health centers to Pharmacies.